Melinda Anello, PMHNP

As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with advanced training in perinatal mental health disorders, I am passionate about patient-centered, holistic care. I am dedicated to providing a safe environment infused with kindness, empathy, and humor.

I believe that we are deeply influenced by a complex set of social, cultural, and environmental factors. By working collaboratively and utilizing evidence-based practices as our guide, we can explore your unique experience of the world and carve out a path to healing and wellness.

My nursing experience spans 17 years, both in outpatient clinic settings and as a high-risk labor & delivery nurse in hospitals. This background has given me a unique perspective on mental health and wellness, emphasizing the strength of a therapeutic alliance.

My experience includes:

  • Working with maternal substance use
  • Perinatal loss
  • Inpatient care for individuals with severe and persistent mental health illnesses
  • Ketamine-assisted therapy

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

My Philosophy

I believe that we all have the innate ability to heal, and there are many paths to mental wellness. By exploring evidence-based practices, we can create a treatment plan that incorporates not only medication but also meaningful elements such as movement, nutrition, supportive therapy, and complementary and alternative medicines (CAM).

Get to Know Melinda:

What are some of your hobbies or interests outside of work? 

When the sun graces the sky, I lace up my hiking boots and hit the trails. In the summer, you’ll likely find me sitting in the warm sun next to the river, yurting, and kayaking. When winter arrives, I hibernate indoors, cocooning myself in warmth while reading, working on puzzles, or binge-watching a new series. Regardless of the season, I’m always excited to spend time with friends and enjoy live music.

What personal experiences or beliefs most influence your approach to psychiatric care and how you connect with clients? 

My work as a labor & delivery nurse has significantly influenced my approach to care. Through these experiences, I’ve learned to sit with others in their pain, offer words of encouragement (either softly or with exuberance), be a steady force of support, and listen to the innate, knowing needs of others.

What is your favorite method for managing your own mental health and well-being? 

I love solo ventures into the wilderness to reconnect with myself. I practice breathwork, yoga, and find solace in meditation. Additionally, I’m fortunate to have a wonderful circle of friends and a beautiful family that keeps me laughing, centered, and growing.

Modalities
  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Person-Centered
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Specialties

I am happy to treat most mental health concerns, but I have a special interest in working with individuals struggling with premenstrual disorders, peripartum mental health (mood and anxiety disorders during and after pregnancy), as well as birth trauma, pregnancy loss, or abortion. I also provide support to first-line birth providers suffering from secondary trauma.

Education & Training
  • Licenses: Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (OR & WA)
  • Certification: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC)
  • Education: Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner – Gonzaga University

Additional Training

  • Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C)

We want you to get the support you deserve.

Location

Virtual throughout Oregon & Washington States

Email

hello@upwellpsych.com

Phone

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